Arthur Ashe Essay Contest

Arthur Ashe was an American hero, fighting battles on and off the court. In his life, he broke barriers in the tennis world, becoming a three-time Grand Slam champion and the first African-American male to win a Grand Slam tournament.

Off the court, he was a social activist, taking on issues like racial prejudice, AIDS, apartheid and youth education. One of his many legacies is the National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL), a network of youth-serving organizations that provides tennis and education for all. His wish was for NJTL to be a resource for kids to develop skills for leadership and academic excellence.  SPUT is an award-winning NJTL chapter in MN!

As a National Junior Tennis & Learning Chapter, SPUT kids have an opportunity to compete in this national essay contest with local, sectional, and national award opportunities.  The top prize is a trip to Arthur Ashe Kids Day at the US Open in New York City!

2016 Question:  How have your skills in tennis impacted the development of your character and how you address your personal challenges on and off the court?

Click Here for more information and enter the contest.  Contest entry period begins April 11, 2016 and ends at 4:00pm CST on July 10, 2016.

For additional details on this contest and the National Junior Tennis & Learning program, visit